This painting is one of about a dozen in my Intimate Space: Breaking Bread series. The idea is to view people in various activities of breaking bread together. Eating, sharing meals, etc. Some of the paintings in the series feature several figures while a few only feature one lone person.
For this piece, I was drawn to the idea of after the guests have left. Thus, After the Dinner Party. The dishes have been cleared. The wine is nearly gone. The dessert bowls are empty and a half of a pie remains. The late afternoon light catches the detritus left after the meal.
All of the paintings in this series are on the same size canvas, a gallery-wrapped two inch deep, 24 x 30 inches. I have double gessoed the canvasses leaving a texture, then primed them with a greyish/green color.
Each painting begins with a drawing on the canvas, then outlined in various bright colors. The style is contemporary impressionism with a little dash of Cezanne or Matisse. Large brush strokes in bold colors make up most of the painting.
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